ALE Definition

According to Revised Code of Washington 28A.200, school districts must communicate a description of the difference between Alternative Learning Experience and Home-based Instruction? Below is an explanation of the difference. This information may also be found on our school website at

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) includes the following:

  • Is a public education enrollment option authorized under WAC 392-550.
  • Subject to all state and federal rules and regulations governing public education.
  • Curriculum and instructional materials meet district standards and are free from sectarian control or influence.
  • Learning experiences are:
    • Supervised, monitored, assessed, and evaluated by a certificated teacher.
    • May be planned in collaboration with the student, parent and teacher.
    • Provided via a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP).
    • Provided in whole, or part, outside the regular classroom.

Home-based Instruction and enrollment in an ALE are different educational models. Home-based instruction includes the following:

Instruction is developed and supervised by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.

  • The parent has filed an annual Declaration of Intent with the district.
  • Students are neither enrolled nor eligible for graduation through a public high school unless they meet all district and state graduation requirements.
  • Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public school, including course, graduation, and assessment requirements.
  • The public school is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials, or to supervise the student’s education.